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The Gold Record

Bouncing SoulsAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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The Bouncing Souls have never been in the New Yorker. The NJ band that has been kicking their singular brand of angular punk-anthems for upwards of 15 years now, are not necessarily what you would classify as critical darlings, but they have something more tangible. The boys have an arsenal of songs that no one in the North East corridor can deny, tracks like Sing Along Forever, Kate Is Great, ... Read more in Amazon's Bouncing Souls Store

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  • Audio CD (June 6, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Epitaph / Ada
  • ASIN: B000FFJ8BC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,684 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Gold Song
2. So Jersey
3. Sounds Of The City
4. The Pizza Song
5. Sarah Saturday
6. Better Things
7. The Messenger
8. Lean On Sheena
9. Letter From Iraq
10. The New Thing
11. Midnight Mile
12. For All The Unheard

Editorial Reviews

The Bouncing Souls have been kicking their singular brand of punk anthems for upwards of fifteen years, their live shows becoming the stuff of legend as they've shared the stage with everyone from Against Me to Alkaline Trio to The Casualties. After so much time on the road and six studio albums, it's a welcome surprise that this is the record of their career. Producer Ted Hutt (Flogging Molly) has brought out the huge, anthemic side of the band's songwriting, a committed storytelling as much in the tradition of The Who, Springsteen, Petty, and The Clash. As "The Gold Record" unfolds, song after song builds into a punk classic, leaving no doubt that no other current, continual band has had such a lasting impact on the punk landscape.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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i felt like the last souls' record, "anchors aweigh" was a big step away from the records that preceded it. but that was a very good thing. the souls are significantly older people than most of the members of other bands in the same genre, so if they had just kept rehashing that young sound, i probably would've gotten bored. but they matured, and in the best way possible. this has kept their fans around, and managed to wrangle in new ones. it's a great thing when a band can be around for 15 years and never really lose their original fanbase. us older guys find ourselves becoming more and more ashamed of nads we grew up with, but the souls are ceertainly an exception. and they've done it again. with a broader musical scope (keys, harmonicas, trumpets, accordian, etc) and somewhat un-souls-like songs stuctures, they keep us old men interested, and feeling young.

things kick off with a more traditional, rocking souls feel, "the gold song", but from there, things are a little different. which threw me for about the first 5 spins. i was lucky enough to have this record for a good month before the release, and i think that if any souls fans out there are disappointed by this record, they might benefit from a one month grace period of mulling it over, like i did.

some the most noteworthy songs, in terms of being unusual, are "the pizza song", "the messenger", "lean on sheena" -and maybe even "so jersey", as it has an almost neil diamond feel, with the keys and epic guitar crashes- (no, really, think about it!). these are the songs that had me shaking my head at first, but the souls' sincerity shined through, and now i feel like it's their ability to use the new instruments and sound in tandem with their usual anthems that makes these guys so durable and well-loved.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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This album is done by the Bouncing Souls but has a different feel to the music. The Souls put everything in this music from synthesizers to trumpet solos. The vocals are enormously strong.

The Gold Song: 9/10 - A nice up tempo song with an incredibly catchy chourus.

SO JERSEY: 11/10 - My favorite song on the album (even though they are all awesome).

Sounds of the City: 9/10 - Musically a very different song from anything the Souls have ever done.

The Pizza Song: 8/10 - one of the not freaking cool songs, but a decent one.

Sarah Saturday: 9/10 - Another thing about this album that stands out is the really positive message in each song. This song really reflects this message.

Better Things: 9.5/10 - Another different sounding song compared with the previous albums, and again this has a very uplifting message.

The Messanger: 7.5/10 - One of the lower rated of this album. I like everything except for the repetitiveness.

Lean On Sheena: 8/10 - The chorus on this song reminds me of the Blink-182 stlye of singing.

Letters from Iraq: 10/10 - The cool thing about this song is that it was written by a real soldier in Iraq, and is very cool. Touching Lyrics.

The New Thing: 8.5/10 - The Lyrics are great on this song. Good song.

Midnight Mile: 10/10 - This song is why Bouncing Souls are what they are and how they came to be. Tons of energy felt in this one.

For All the Unheard: 10.5/10 - Great ending song. Saying that people do not express themselves enough. saying we need to let people know how we feel. Great secong favorite on the album

Overall this is no doubt the best album by the Souls put out ever.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great summer record from the Souls June 24, 2006
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"I heard someone say/that nothing gold can stay/but there's a love in all our souls/ and it shines like gold!"

Never a downtrodden bunch, The Bouncing Souls sound as energized and optimistic as ever, as shown with outstanding, hard-rocking opener, "The Gold Song." Its instantly memorable chorus sets the trademark energetic tone for the record.

The Souls have been a band for fifteen years, but they still sound invigorated to be playing music. Nearly every song is vital and urgent, with "Gold", "So Jersey", "Sound of the City", "Sarah Saturday" and "Letter From Iraq" rocking most sincerely. The latter ("Letter") features memorable lyrics written by 1st infantry soldier Garet Reppenhagen: "An eye for an eye/and blood for texas tea/at the call to prayer Al Queda's on his knees/Issac versus Ishmael/Allah versus Christ/Zarqawi's on the offense picking up the beat."

Besides rocking, its also one of their most musically expansive to date, with the mostly acoustic "Pizza Song" (complete with trumpet solo), the harmonica solo in "The Messenger", and keyboard-laced closer "For All the Unheard" providing a few pleasant surprises.

Naming an album The Gold Record could seem presumptuous. With the Bouncing Souls effort here, its fitting. Another fine record - just in time for summer! - from the Souls.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great March 27, 2007
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This album realy grew on me.The souls tried some new insterments out and they sound awsome.You just gotta have an open mind and just think of how fun it would be to be a part of something.And thats probably what happened.They just had some friends be a part of the GOLD record.To me that is way cool.The pizza song is a really cool song,its fun sounding.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars ok
its an ok cd, some good punk songs!! But I wanted some hard punk songs and well this is a little soft
Published 12 months ago by matt uribe
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic stuff
These guys kill it on this record. Recommended for anyone fan of energetic surf punk. Really pumped on this album.
Published 17 months ago by Dan Lunt
4.0 out of 5 stars Yeah for the Bouncing Souls!
I just got hooked on the BOUNCING SOULS this past summer while I was working in Seaside Heights, NJ on a TV show that most people in the area know about. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Stabby Rodriguez
5.0 out of 5 stars A Favorite Album
This is not only my favorite Bouncing Souls album, but one of my favorite albums period. Every song is great, fun to sing along to, pumps you up... And Lean on Sheena? The best!
Published on October 14, 2011 by S. Albertson
5.0 out of 5 stars A new look, but it strikes gold
Okay, that title was a groaner, but don't judge this CD on my lack of imagination. The Gold Record is not vintage Bouncing Souls, but it's their best musical album yet. Read more
Published on August 27, 2008 by Unashamed
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Souls album ever!
If you grew up with the Bouncing Souls and you know every song by heart, then this album is for you. Some critiques claim that they have slowed down. Read more
Published on January 31, 2008 by Jerrod
4.0 out of 5 stars Another quality album from the Souls...
The Bouncing Souls always put out quality work and the Gold Record doesn't fail to live up to their rep. I really like a number of their tracks that clearly standout on this one. Read more
Published on November 7, 2006 by J. W. Hancher
4.0 out of 5 stars It's about time The Bouncing Souls are compared favorably with Rock &...
Like the Amazon editorial review says, they are masters of the rock & roll short story, "a committed storytelling as much in the tradition of The Who, Springsteen, Petty, and The... Read more
Published on October 31, 2006 by Bill Stella
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good album
I enoyed parts of this album, but still found myself skipping some songs on it. Overall it's quite good and worth the money, and I have to say that the song "Letter from Iraq" is... Read more
Published on September 21, 2006 by Tom Cody
2.0 out of 5 stars Where's the Energy?
This album was mediocre at best. I really liked every Bouncing Souls CD before this one, because they all have a lot of energy to them and are fun to listen to. Read more
Published on August 25, 2006 by M. Williams
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